Consistency in NFL officiating is something the league has yet to get the hang of. After Sunday’s Buccaneers / Falcons game, something has to give.
Atlanta’s defensive lineman Grady Jarrett was called for roughing the passer on his late game sack of Bucs’ quarterback Tom Brady. The call was…well… weak to be honest.
I've seen a lot of #NFL football in my life, but someone is going to have to explain this roughing the passer call in the @AtlantaFalcons / @Buccaneers game. I'm not sure I've seen anything quite like this pic.twitter.com/YvmekNYxG2
— Scott Pioli (@scottpioli51) October 9, 2022
After the game, referee Jerome Boger gave his explanation of the call that extended the Buccaneers’ drive. Greg Auman of The Athletic asked, “There was a third down penalty where the Falcons had a roughing the passer called after sacking Tom Brady that extended the drive. Just looking for clarification on what constituted that roughing the passer?”
Boger’s response, “What I had was the defender grabbed the quarterback while he was still in the pocket, and unnecessarily throwing him to the ground. That is what I was making my decision based upon,” Boger told a reporter after the game.
The penalty gave the Bucs a first down and allowed them to run out the clock to finish the game.
Brady was asked after the game about the call, “I don’t throw flags.” I mean, what did you expect him to say?
Falcons’ head coach was irate on the sideline after the call. His tone was a tad more subdued after the game.
“I’m not going to comment on that. I have to figure out what I can do from a coaching standpoint. I’m not going to get into that. I haven’t seen the film.”
Yes, the Bucs had some calls go their way. They also had some that should’ve been called. The two apparent missed pass interferences on receiver Scotty Miller were debatable, no doubt. But still.
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